Marketing is becoming a data-driven discipline and with good reason. But many companies are lagging behind this trend, putting performance and ROI at risk. It used to be that marketing was looked at as a “soft skill,” whereas the finance people were the real quantitative minds […]
Mergers and acquisitions abound in almost every industry. Between 2000 and 2018, nearly 800,000 transactions were announced worldwide, with nearly 52,000 in 2018 alone, according to the Thomson Financial Institute for Mergers, Acquisitions and Alliances…
You’re sitting in a Ford Focus, or maybe a Nissan Versa, or perhaps a Hyundai Accent. You’ve waited in line at the counter, initialed in seven places, declined the insurance, and received the rental contract printed on an old dot-matrix printer. From which rental car company did you rent the car?
Rewards programs can be lucrative for loyal customers, but when companies add lots of rules and restrictions to a loyalty program, it can actually have the opposite effect. Customers are very perceptive, and they understand when something is a value and something is not. One example of this is when rewards expire.
Whether it’s bank interest rates, credit card rewards programs, sales tax or retail discounts, consumers are bombarded with numbers and math every day. Math, like politics, always seems to divide people (pun intended). Ask someone if they like math, and it’s usually either a confident yes or a strong no. In many consumer focus groups, the line “I hate math” is commonplace…
As customer service has moved at a rapid pace toward digital channels in place of the telephone, consumers are using more than just words to express their compliments and complaints. More and more, they are using emojis – just as if they were texting to a friend.
America is getting older, and the healthcare system is buckling under the pressure. The double whammy of people generally living longer and the massive Baby Boomer generation creating the “largest-ever population of older adults in America” has necessitated a level of experience innovation in the healthcare industry that simply has no precedent.
The healthcare industry in the United States has long been a dichotomy in its embrace of – and resistance to – technology. While some of the world’s finest technology is used to diagnose and treat all manner of illness, patients often have to complete paper forms in the waiting room and many doctors still take notes on paper medical charts.
Keenan started by asking the audience of several hundred whether they subscribed to the long-held belief that people buy from people they like. While a large majority of hands went up, Keenan says that value is much more important than liking a salesperson. While both are ideal, if you can only have one, choose value.
This is a tale of two sales. Both are for big-ticket items, and both occurred after much research and comparison shopping. In one, the buyer has become a lifelong brand advocate; in the other, he has buyer’s remorse. What happened?…